Bradley Dairy Farm
Family Members: Mike, Mark, Nichole, Parker, and Alexa Bradley.
Number of Milking Cows: 50
"In a time when the media is full of scary headlines that make the public question everything about the safety of their food or the care of our animals, I strive to be proactive and restore that trust. "- Mark Bradley
WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT DAIRY FARMING?
What I love most about dairy farming is the whole process. Every day is the same, but different. I love working with my cows, and I love working the land. From growing crops to raising calves into cows and from working on machinery to raising my kids to know and appreciate all that we have been blessed with...there is nothing better.
WHAT MAKES YOU GOOD STEWARDS OF THE LAND?
I am very passionate about restoring the soil on our farm with no-till and cover crops. We’ve been continuous no-till for 15 years and I have seen the soil profile change dramatically. Life in the soil is abundant in terms of earth worms and microorganisms. The crops require less synthetic fertilizer, and we are reducing herbicide use. We also use crop rotations, sod buffers, and contour strips to limit runoff and erosion.
WHAT DO YOU WANT EVERYONE TO KNOW ABOUT YOU, THE DAIRY FARMER?
I am very passionate about farming. From crops to cows and everything in between. I love to share what we do and work hard to bridge the gap between farmer and consumer. In a time when the media is full of scary headlines that make the public question everything about the safety of their food or the care of our animals, I strive to be proactive and restore that trust. In my opinion, to be able to provide such a wholesome healthy product for so many families every day is a blessing that I do not take for granted. I thank God every day I get to do what I do.
WHAT’S THE LAST THING YOU DO ON THE FARM BEFORE CALLING IT A DAY?
When the day is done, there is nothing more gratifying than looking out in the pasture and seeing my cows happily grazing as the sun goes down. In the winter, before I leave the barn, I always take one last look at the cows happily munching on their hay in the nice warm barn.
Questions answered by Mark Bradley.